Your Questions Answered
Question: If COVID-19 booster shots are recommended, does that mean the vaccines are not working?
: According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are working well
to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.
Vaccine effectiveness studies
provide a growing body of evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real-world conditions as they have in clinical trial settings, reducing the risk of COVID-19, including severe illness by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.
Question: Are COVID-19 booster shots the same formulation as existing vaccines?
Question: Is free COVID-19 testing still available for UC San Diego campus community members?
Answer: Yes, UC San Diego offers an ongoing testing program for all University community members. Tests can be completed at no cost to employees and students through UC San Diego Health and Student Health Services.
Access to COVID-19 testing
is available through self-administered kits retrieved from campus vending machines (no appointment needed); provider-observed self-administered testing at Price Center (appointment needed); or provider-administered testing via drive thru (appointment needed).